Week 2 = the first week for check out this year!
Something I didn’t mention in Week 1: learning names. This should be a post in and of itself, as learning All The Names is one of the more challenging hurdles of the specialist life. However, there are a few tips & tricks that have worked for me that I can share.
There are 6 K classes this year – 5 in a row on Monday afternoon, and 1 on Thursday. Since school started on a Wednesday, this week was Week 1 for the Monday classes…and they did not check out. The Thursday class DID check out.
For more about teaching kindergarten at the beginning of the year, read the following:
- New year? New ideas! Kindergarten
- Tips and tricks for teaching Kindergarteners in Library
- Library Lessons: Sep 4-8, 2017 – this has a video of the Name Song that I use each week to welcome K students (and to learn their names)
Author study time! Hello, Ryan T. Higgins!
Due to 30 minute classes and our first check-out, there wasn’t much time for questioning or reflection. However, know that I always ask inferencing / predicting questions as I read aloud, and that stories often end with a Thinking Question. A good one for this would be: Do you think Bruce is a good mother? What evidence from the story supports your thinking?
Perhaps the third year in a row I’ve used this lesson. I like it. So do the students.
This year, with only 30 minute classes – and this being our first week of (self) check out – we celebrated Dot Day over 3 weeks. It ultimately incorporates literature, self-reflection, augmented reality, and digital citizenship.
Week 1 was relatively easy: welcome & a read aloud. Week 2, though: I was at a complete loss of what to do. The availability of technology wasn’t entirely clear, the 4/5 classes were huge, and the students were bigger than I’d remembered. I wasn’t ready to jump right into “big” learning. Looking to the news, I became inspired: a huge hurricane was bearing down on the Carolinas, and I felt it was important for my students to realize that their country (and the world) was bigger than the small snow globe in which many of them live. Hence: TWO BOBBIES by Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery. We looked at a large map to see where Hurricane Florence was, we talked about where in the US hurricanes occur (not the PNW), and we started a read-aloud that tells the story of a dog and a cat who became bonded for life after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005.
Cheers, y’all! –arika